Program Compatibility Troubleshooter in Windows 10/8/7

Most programs which ran in Windows Vista, will run in Windows 10 or Windows 8/7. However if you find that the program still does not run properly, you should check run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter in Windows 10/8/7.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

To access it, Open Control Panel > All Control Items. You will see the Run programs made for previous versions of Windows, under Programs & Features.


Click on it to open the Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.

If you use it frequently, you can also create a Program Compatibility Troubleshooter desktop shortcut.


Click Next or the Advanced option, if you don’t want things to be fixed automatically. Windows will try to detect programs you may be facing problems with.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

Select the one you want and click Next.

The Troubleshooter will analyze and present a list of problems.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

Click on Next to fix the problems.

Windows 10 or Windows 8.1/7 will try to resolve the issues and or alternatively offer you another recourse.

In this way, you will be able to identify the issues and help you make old programs work using Compatibility Mode.

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